Pink (HINDI)

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Starring: Amitabh Bachchan, Taapsee, Kirti Kulhari, Angad Bedi and many more
Editing : Bodhatiya
Music : Shantanu Moitra
Cinematography : Abhik
Directed by: Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury

After hearing many good reviews and the multiplexes adding subtitle to the movie weeks after the release made me to watch this film, finally. Daily I use to hear some nice things about this movie which held me for days in control to see this movie with subs. I saw it last week and lets see how the movie is.

This is a story of three independent girls Minal (Taapsee), Falak (Kirti Kulhari) and Andrea who meets Rajveer (Angad Bedi) and his friends at a rock show. Rajveer and his friends try to take advantage of the girls and in order to escape, Minal hits him with a bottle. Days later the girls decide to file a case against Rajveer and his friends. Rajveer belongs to a political family and he files a backdated case and gets Minal arrested. Minal and friends try their level best to come out free and finally get help from a retired lawyer Deepak Sehgal (Amitabh Bachchan). This leads to a trail and what happens after that forms the crux.

The first half is like a thriller, taut and tense. In a smart storytelling move, the incident is never actually shown which sparks off the chain of events in this film (not until the end credits). We must rely on the snatches of conversations, accusations, and confessions made during the course of the film to piece together what may have taken place which is a smart move. Many things have brought to the light like zero FIR, women can be released in bail though the sections are non bailable, etc. All three girls are excellent. Taapsee has the film on her shoulders and she is consistently, impressively credible. Kudos to the other two too.

Amitabh Bachchan surpasses many of his iconic performances and sets a landmark. Piyush Mishra is fantastic in his role and gives good balance to the towering performance of Amitabh. Aniruddha extracts natural performances from all his actors, and makes a meaningful film without any unnecessary commercial trappings and never once deviating from the core theme. The film is crisp and the camera work is decent as it captures the capital city as it is. Shantanu adds sadness in his BGM. Apart from its great performances, the other boosters of the movie are its taut screenplay and dialogues for which Anirudhha should be appreciated. The movie is a colorful rendering of various emotions and power packed screenplay. Should not be missed..!! 🙂

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Vai Raja Vai (TAMIL)

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Starring: Gautham Karthik, Priya Anand, Taapsee, Vivek, Daniel Balaji and many more
Editing : VT Vijayan
Music : Yuvan Shankar Raja
Cinematography: Velraj
Directed by: Aishwarya R Dhanush

Three years after her debut film, 3, the director is back with her second directorial venture with all new star cast and crew and also a completely opposite genre from her debut. The trailer promised an exciting and stylish entertainer – a luxurious cruise liner, packed casinos, and the glamorous world of gambling and fashionably dressed people. Lets see whether this gamble pays off or not..

Karthik (Gautham Karthik) is a normal middle class youngster who leads a perfect life with a caring girlfriend Priya (Priya Anand) and lovable family until he meets his colleague Panda (Vivek) a small time gambler. Karthik has the power to predict what will happen next and it is this ‘intuition’ that makes him an extraordinary person. Together, Karthik and Panda win a big betting amount from Randhe (Daniel Balaji) who loses one crore and he takes revenge by blackmailing them to roulette in a casino at Goa to play for high stakes. Who wins the cat and mouse game is the rest.

Though the film is mere 120 minutes of length the placement of songs and the unwanted old retro act by Vivek and MS Bhaskar makes it even boring. The screenplay needs to be more sharp as the genre is thriller but the screenplay is mixed as one time its thriller and immediately the mood sinks off. The much talked casino scenes does not have anything to offer and those initial cricket betting scenes could have been trimmed by a minute and casino scenes could have been extended instead. First half is enjoyable overall and second half is back only in the last 10 minutes.

Gautham Karthik’s character has been portrayed well by him however, he needs to pay special attention to his lip sync and voice modulation, one might feel. His various emotions seems to be similar and there is no difference. Priya Anand is as usual used only for fillers. Taapsee comes in a cameo but she is more powerful than the heroine. Daniel Balaji is back as the menacing thug, and he convinces you to bits, with his acting. Satheesh gets you in splits, as the friend. But it is Vivek who steals the film, as Pandu or the stylish ‘Panda’. He has very serious role and the film ends with the return of Kokki Kumar. Dont miss that. There are many people in the film and not everyone gets their role to perform as the story does not give space for that.

VT Vijayan has done his part well and Velraj captured the scenes as per the mood and scenario. Yuvan’s songs are not so good but BGM stands out throughout the film. Aishwarya Dhanush has penned the story, screenplay and directed the film, which is evidently a dedicated attempt at the commercial genre in Tamil cinema. However, the story is not gripping enough and it slows down considerably post-intermission. Save the climax the rest of film is just a half baked thriller..!! Time pass..!! 🙂

Kanchana 2 (TAMIL)

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Starring: Raghava Lawrence, Taapsee, Nithya Menon, Kovai Sarala and many more
Editing : Kishore
Music : Thaman, Sathya, Leon James, Aswamithra        Background Score: Thaman
Cinematography: Rajavel Olhiveeran
Directed by: Raghava Lawrence

Kanchana was the first film to make the new genre say ghost based comedy type of films in the Tamil industry. It comes back with Kanchana 2 but not as a sequel based. Each and every time a new film comes and goes in this genre. So will this one be too on the same line or is there something different to present. Lets see..

The story is nothing different from any of its earlier versions which is mixed with some social issue and message on that. Lawrence plays the role of a cameraman at a popular television channel. In order to boost up the TRP’s the channel plans to make a series on ghosts and start on that with the crew which has Taapsee, Sriman, Manobala, Chaams, Mayilsamy, Pooja and Madhu. They enter a haunted house as a part of their work schedule and return after witnessing a horror unfold in front of their eyes. Needless to say, after a few days they discover that both Lawrence and Taapsee are possessed by different spirits seeking vengeance. Who are those ghosts and what do they want forms the crux of the story.

There are very usual elements like songs, dance, comedy and as usual some special VFX added to make feel that this is a ghost film. First half goes very slowly until the story starts. VFX looks ordinary overall and the climax looks like its based on Mortal Kombat game. Lawrence plays a dual role and there are many differences in his characterization. Taapsee is the surprise package of the film, be it as the show director or when she transforms as the ghost. Nithya Menon steals the second half but the flashback looks outdated. Kovai Sarala and others have performed what was needed.

Second half could have been trimmed a lot and Lawrence changing into different characters could have been cut short. Music by different persons gives more satisfaction and Thaman’s BGM are perfect for a ghost based film. Rajavel Olhiveeran’s camera work is precise and has done justice to the horror genre. Lawrence, has come a long way as a director and sure knows how to cook up a normal story with the needed stuffs. However, the second half is tiring in parts and the flashback sequences are over-dramatized. Climax looks a tad blunt and incomplete. Kanchana 2 is definitely an entertaining movie but could’ve easily been much better with a better second half. Time Pass..!! 🙂

Baby (Hindi)

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Starring: Akshay Kumar, Danny Denzongapa, Rana Daggubati, Taapsee and many more
Editing : Narayan Singh
Music : Meet Bros Anjan        Background Score : Sanjoy
Cinematography: Sudeep Chatterjee
Directed by: Neeraj Pandey

Akshay Kumar and Neeraj Pandey joins together after ‘Special 26‘ and has created lot of hope for the film. Neeraj Pandey’s terrific direction, Akshay Kumar’s awesome death defying stunts and a no nonsense plot promises super strong commercial prospects. Lets see overall how the movie is.

Baby is an Indian undercover unit headed by Danny Denzongpa. Ajay Singh (Akshay Kumar) is the key leader of this unit which is formed to nail the terrorist and false their terror attack plans. Pakistani mastermind of the terror front Rasheed prepares fresh zihadis at the border without much bother. Within seconds the film is bang on target without indulging and the screenplay makes Baby travel from Istanbul To Nepal To Saudi as the narrative breathlessly takes us till the final.

The scale of the film is so lavish and moves between India, Nepal, Turkey and the Middle East, and its performances is excellent. Right from the very first frame the movie is bang on target, does not move from its duty to engage denying any single moment of boredom which is quiet remarkable. Akshay Kumar has done an incredibly good job. Anupam Kher is brilliant. Taapsee is remarkable as Akshay’s team member. Danny Denzongpa, Kay Kay Menon and Rana Daggubati have done their job well.

Baby is technically brilliant. Sudeep Chatterjee’s camera is amazing with the splendid capture of Turkey, Nepal and Saudi is a treat for the eyes. Narayan Singh’s crispy sharp editing deserves special mention. The film is crisp enough and doesnt feel bored anywhere. Neeraj Pandey once again proves that he’s a genius. This time he proves, it’s possible to better Perfection. Baby is a brilliantly crafted, excellently performed, pulsating and salutary kick to India’s spy genre. Worth the watch..!! 🙂